Taking the Plunge. Mr. and Mrs. Joe MacMillan. April 7, 1958

Linda, Colette, Nancy and Sandra at Beaver Cove 1968 

Sandy, Leslie, Joe, Andre, Irma, Michelle, Leisha. Good times at the pool. 2006  

 John and our daughter Sandy, enjoying life

Linda, Jeff and Nancy at Reunion 2011

Joe and Andre aboard H.M.C.S. Haida in Hamilton Harbour, July 2006  

 Nancy, Mom and Colette at Reunion July 2011

 It is hard to believe that after fifty two years we are writing a page about us and our family.

What can we say? How do we put fifty two years into a perspective that you may understand something about us?

This is how they met.

Joe was serving in a minesweeper in the Royal Canadian Navy. One of his buddies was seeing a young lady in Halifax, NS. Problem was, she had a sister sharing a one room flat.

Joe's buddy began a campaign to get me involved to even things up. After a week or two of coaxing he agreed to a date. He  was no more interested in getting involved than the man in the moon.

The reason being, the kind of girls the sailors meet were not the type you want to take home to meet the folks. He didn't need problems.

Here is how Joe tells about their first date.  

The very moment I met Irma I was hooked. She was beautiful. She had been raised in the French part of New Brunswick on a farm. She had eleven brothers and sisters.

Strangely, I thought back to a night on HMCS Haida, a destroyer I was serving in the previous year. We were at sea somewhere in the North Atlantic. Every naval ship is manned 24 hours per day. A pool of sailors are allotted certain jobs such as lookouts at various points aboard the ship and standby lifeboat crews. The extra hands must be out on deck but can sit around and talk while awaiting their turn of duty.

This particular night one of the old salts was holding the floor. The subject was "what kind of girl would make the best wife."

The consensus ended with three stipulations. She must be French. She must come from a farm. She must be from a large family.

I didn’t remember this at our first date. I was totally taken with Irma. We talked until midnight. On the way back to our ship my buddy was anxious to hear what I thought. I told him, "Irma is the girl I am going to marry."

The next night we dated again and then our ship sailed for three months duty in the Caribbean. I prayed that we would meet again and we did. A year later we were married and after almost fifty years, I believe we are more in love with each other now, than we ever were.

Like the universe, love has a way of expanding. It starts with a big bang, things get in the way but love carries on growing exponentially. The amazing fact about love is, the more you give, the more you get back.

We have been blessed with four beautiful daughters. What a delight they were then and our now. Each has their own unique personality. What really is amazing to see is how early we develop our own traits of character at so young an age. Traits that stay with us and fine tune as we age.

Life is not about us then. It is about family.

Our family has grown over the years. Son's  in law. Grandchildren, our pride and joy. The girls have grown with the same love for life, and their fellow human beings, that is apparent within Irma. What a wonderful asset to have.

April 2010 will be our fifty second anniversary together. It hasn’t been easy, but it has always been a pleasure to have had the opportunity to have spent it together.

We have traveled through the years. Every province and one territory of Canada, twenty five states in the USA. Whistler has been a fantastic experience. Sheep mountain in the Yukon territory was WOW. The Grand Canyon. Boulder Dam, Las Vegas, The Villages in Florida, Maui. Mind blowing. We’ve had a ball.

Irma has never complained. Glaucoma led to a Cornea transplant. Poor hearing led to hearing aids and finally profound deafness. A traumatic operation gave her the ability to once again hear our families voices. She has handled these afflictions with a toughness I will never understand.

Through it all she has, cooked, cleaned, walked, hiked, skied, golfed, kayaked and swam with a pace most mortals would love to do, but cannot.

Everything we have done over the years, we have done together. This web site is about US. Our family. Our love for one another. Our adventures together.